Welcome to BRINKguide

To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

Tutti Melon

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1783.9 KM AWAY
601 Broadway
San Francisco, CA
You might have a difficult time imagining it, but this is Where Italian meets Chinese. How about deep-fried mini octopus to go with your frozen yogurt? Don't knock it 'till you try it! Yum!

Carabinieri

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Via Francesco Crispi, 248
Palermo, PA
Corps of Carabineers ('Carabinieri' in Italian) is a branch of the armed forces in Italy, policing the military and civilian populations. In case of emergency, dial 112 from any telephone in Italy. Naturally, the call is free. Now let's cross our fingers that you never have to call them.

Café Coffee Day

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Sardar Patel Marg, Behind Taj Palace Hotel
New Delhi,
The decor, atmosphere, and energy of this young and hip coffee shop totally outweighs the noshing and libation offerings. But if that is what you are lookin' for, don't pass it up.

The Tin Drum

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1783.9 KM AWAY
43 Saint James's Street
Brighton,
Crash-out on the full leather sofas and enjoy the view from behind French windows. Soak in the chill vibes and imbibe the brain-neutralizing cocktails. If you drew the short straw, you can sip on a decent cup of coffee while your friends get sloshed. Peruse the punchy menu, sourced from their own smallholding. There's good people-watching, too - have fun taking little notes on the bizarre Kemp Town characters.

The Smith

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1783.9 KM AWAY
55 3rd Avenue
New York, NY
If you're looking for fancy, this might not be it. What The Smith does have to offer, though, is some tasty all-American fare, an astonishing booze collection, and decent prices. It's part of Corner Table Restaurants, which seek out local, natural, organic and sustainable ingredients, including fresh seafood. There's rarely a long wait, despite the crowd, and they've got a private room for up to 72 people for parties & events. Brunch on weekends. Take out and delivery available.

Salon Amici

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1783.9 KM AWAY
255 East 50th Street
New York, NY
Tiny salon in Turtle Bay area where walk-ins are welcome for both men and women. First-time clients receive a 20% discount. Services include blow-outs, coloring, highlights, Brazilian straightening and relaxing, and more.

Where's the shopping district in Catania?

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Via Etnea
Catania, CT
In Catania, the Via Etnea is where you go to spend those mad duckets. It's the main shopping street of the city, with fashionable stores selling shoes and clothes; expect prices to vary from the very affordable to the very ridiculous. And keep in mind that - vacation or no - you might be spending some time waiting outside of a dressing room.

Whole Earth Vegan Bakery

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1783.9 KM AWAY
130 Saint Marks Place
New york, NY
For whatever ridiculous reason, the words "delicious" and "vegan" are rarely printed together. For those of you who aren't yet aware, some tremendous advances have been made in the big wide world of vegan foodstuffs; when visiting Whole Earth Bakery, you might finally have that personal epiphany. Vegan cookies, scones, muffins, tons of smoothies and juices, plus made-to-order cakes for folks with almost any type of food allergy.

Hecho en Dumbo

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1783.9 KM AWAY
354 Bowery
New York, NY
The antithesis of a grease bomb, this Mexican hot-spot marries authentic flavors with high quality local ingredients. The $10 two-course weekday lunch is a steal. If you've got a whole night planned, consider parking yourself at the bar and enjoying their amazing appetizers - a lot of folks prefer to order of bunch of 'em and skip the main entrees altogether. Be prepared, however - sometimes to music can get in the way of conversation.

Poppy

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1783.9 KM AWAY
281 Mott Street
New York, NY
Adorable is the word that comes to mind for this fun little boutique in Nolita. A hip spot to pick up the season's latest trends from the hottest designers as well as a few pieces from the store's own self-named line.

The Front Porch

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1783.9 KM AWAY
65a 29th St.
San Francisco, CA
Hip soul food for your belly! The fried chicken is out of this world and the beer selection is occasionally golden, like the only cask beer to be found from 21st Amendment. Great atmosphere, and absolutely perfect for a date.

Nice n Naughty

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1783.9 KM AWAY
32 Saint James's Street
Brighton,
Foster an appetite for pan-sexual foreplay? Or do you prefer going all the way? Regardless of your disposition, check out the clothing, toys, lascivious videos, S&M furniture, and other accessories for a healthy night's grinding, at home or away. Five star staff - ask for Phil; he'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

Hong Kong Supermarket

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1783.9 KM AWAY
68 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY
There are many in the city, but there can truly be only one - the Chinatown location, of course! This is, hands-down, the largest all-in-one supermarket in C-Town, essential for dry goods. And let's face it, who doesn't need a twenty pound bag of rice taking up all the space in their cupboard, right? They do a shit-ton of business, so don't bother with expiration dates. This stuff is affordable, it's fresh, and it'll be damn near impossible for most of you to read the labels, which makes your purchase kind of exciting, too!

A Different Light Bookstore

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1783.9 KM AWAY
489 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA
Queer literature - yummy - and it's classy, too. At A Different Light Bookstore there's fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, comics, and tons of cruising. Highlights include coffee table books to delight your friends with, and penises everywhere you look.

Bibliohead Bookstore

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334 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA
Standard selection of fiction, nonfiction, kids books, coffee table business, and new releases. The great thing is that the standard selection somehow stands up to much larger bookstores. This is a great little place with an adorable day-dreaming staff and decent prices.

Planet Rose

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1783.9 KM AWAY
219 Avenue A
New York, NY
Karaoke - it's a good time if you don't mind making a complete fool of yourself in a room full of strangers. It definitely helps to be a little tipsy (if not rip-roaring drunk). There's nothing better than a lush karaoke joint with zebra-patterned couches, especially when you’re feelin' the buzz! Four flat screen TV's, tracing lyrics, and three gigantic binders of songs from the 60's on up.

Emergency Medical Services

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Via Trabucco, 180
Palermo, PA
We aren't in the dark ages, so you don't have to worry while you're away from home. Every province and major city-center in Sicily has a hospital. If you've broken your face on the street after stumbling drunkenly out of local bar, we'll hope that you're conscious enough to remember that the emergency phone number for medical service in Italy is 118. Dial it from any phone in the country, and you'll get the help you need.

Museum of Craft + Design

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1783.9 KM AWAY
550 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA
Kind of a funny place. As a matter of fact, rethinking the idea of a museum is inherently the idea. The space is tiny, craftsmanship and design are king, and the scope of each show is probably too broad. That being said, the Museum of Craft + Design is unique and charming and a must-see. It definitely represents San Francisco's art scene. At a $3 suggested donation, it's pretty damn cheap, too.

Amblecliffe Bed & Breakfast

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1783.9 KM AWAY
35 Upper Rock Gardens
Brighton,
Elegant canopy beds, suites, and king-sized twins. There are some options in room décor with interesting diversity in design, as well as your standard television and the en suite option for all rooms. Good clean honest Brighton bed and breakfast, a few short minutes from the briny sea.

New York Stock Exchange

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1783.9 KM AWAY
11 Wall Street
New York, NY
Outside is one of the better people-watching locations in the whole damn city, especially with dazed tourists gaping at what is surely the biggest den of mutant-thieves & murderous jackals on the face of the planet. No, they won't let you inside, it's simply none of your business what happens with your money.

Fabulous Fanny's

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1783.9 KM AWAY
335 East 9th Street
New York, NY
Stunning selection of vintage glasses - think opera glasses, rhinestones galore, gold frames from the 1800s, and all the hippest retro styles. Honest, helpful service at the only shop of its kind in the city! Old threads, kitsch, and trinkets of all varieties. For those who require a look that's truly one of a kind.

Swedish American Hall

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1783.9 KM AWAY
2174 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
Built in 1907, this club has a healthy European vibe. It was once a meeting place for the Swedish folk, but now it's a rockin' music hall. If you're looking for a diversion from the stresses of travel, hop on in and take a look.